Currier & Ives Chromolithograph, 1882
Currier & Ives Chromolithograph, 1882




The Brooklyn Bridge is considered one, if not the greatest, engineering achievement of the 19th Century

Building the Brooklyn Bridge: The History is a Remarkable Tale of Persistence
  • The bridge opened on May 24, 1883 on the birthday of Queen Victoria
  • 5,988 feet in length
    • 85 feet in width
      • 276.5 feet in height
  • Emily Warren Roebling, wife of the chief engineer Washington Roebling, was the first person to cross the bridge when it opened.
    • Her role in relaying information from her incapacitated husband was instrumental in completing the project.
  • The bridge was the first use of electric lights over a river


10 Things You May Not Know About the Brooklyn Bridge

Top 10 Secrets of the Brooklyn Bridge

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The Engineer Behind the Brooklyn Bridge

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Building the Bridge


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New York Entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge, Harper's Weekly (November 24, 1883)

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The Brooklyn Bridge Opened on this Day in 1883


Lesson Plan from Ken Burns' American Stories


Build Your Own Popsicle Stick Bridge